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Probox glossary of terms

Pan drawer

A pan drawer is a high kitchen drawer that’s designed to carry cooking pans.

Flush top

When the sides, front and back of the drawer are all the same height.

Stepped top

The sides are 2mm smaller than the front and the back of the drawer.


A drawer that’s designed for a unit that has a frame (Our standard classic swift will suit a 36mm frame) Packers/spacers required








Lay on

Drawer to suit a standard carcase shape. (Our standard classic swift will suit a standard 18mm unit)







Internal drawers

Drawers with no additional drawer front being applied, internal drawers often have a curved handle.

Standard Dovetail

The pins and tails in the dovetail are the same size.

Traditional Dovetail

Dovetails with large pins and small tails.







Drawer runners

Metal undermount runners attach to the carcass and the drawer and allow the drawer to open and close. Many brands are available, with functions such as soft close or push to open.

Opening size

The carcass opening width/height


How many pieces of timber that make up the height of the drawer.

Full Stave

The sides of the drawer are made from a single piece of solid timber.

Notching and drilling

The preparation needed on the drawer to fit undermount runners. Probox can offer drawers with notching and drilling included, please ask for this when you place your order. Probox notches and drill to suit each type of runner, so be sure to choose your runner before the notching and drilling so the notches and drill holes are in the right places for your drawer runners.

Handle cut out

Handle cut out, also known as a bow cut out, this is a half moon shaped cut out in the centre of the front of the box.

15mm drop front

15mm is added to the bottom of the front of the drawer, this conceals the undermount runners from view.

Shaped Sides

When the front of the drawer is half the height of the back, with a gradual slope on each side.

Sink drawer or U shaped drawer

A drawer made in the shape of a U to allow for sinks and pipes. The size of this drawer is bespoke to the sink size scenario.

Cutlery tray

The cutlery tray has a base, dividers and all 4 sides. Bespoke made to fit your drawer, each corner is made with a dovetail joint.

Cutlery insert

The cutlery insert has a base, dividers and no sides, bespoke made to fit inside the drawer.

Serving tray

The serving tray or butler tray is a bespoke tray with 2 or 4 handles.

Spice rack

The spice rack, also known as a larder door rack with 3, 4 or 5 shelves or to drawing . Each rack comes with rear metal keyhole mounting plate fixings to attach it to the door.


Drawers are all lacquered with a 10% sheen protective coating, increasing durability and product protection.


Dovetail drawer unfinished without any coating. Customers ask for unfinished if they want to paint the boxes or use their own finish.



Probox kitchen design trends 2019

Dark coloured units

Searches for black and navy kitchens have been up 93% in the past 6 months according to Living Etc magazine. Blue, particularly navy has replaced grey as the go to on trend colour.








Concrete surfaces, industrial exposed lighting and warehouse style designs. Customers often pair Probox birch ply dovetail drawers for this style of kitchen. The birch ply drawers offer fantastic build quality and work well with minimal or industrial designs.

modern kitchen in loft interior (3d illustration)

Bright colours

Shaker style doors, cabinets and splashbacks are continuing to be produced in bright colours, making kitchens that suit each client’s colour preference. Bright pink, yellow, red, green and turquoise are popular options.

Scandinavian classic kitchen with wooden and turquoise details, minimalistic interior designScandinavian classic kitchen with wooden and gray details, minimalistic interior designScandinavian classic kitchen with wooden and brown details, minimalistic interior design


Combining wood, metal and stone for a contemporary design, with traditional aspects. Brushed brass handles and brass taps add warmth to kitchen designs or just going back to basics with exposed raw materials such as wood and stone, with neutral colours.







The farmhouse kitchen

The farmhouse kitchen continues to be very popular especially in cottages and heritage homes. This classic design style can also appear with non-traditional coloured units, mixing classic design with on trend colours and appliances.

Every farmhouse kitchen should have solid timber dovetail drawers with soft close runners, these hand crafted kitchens are about build quality and this extends to every aspect, including the cabinets, doors and drawers. Probox solid oak dovetail drawers are the most popular.







Digital technology

Smart appliances such as fridges, washing machines and espresso makers that are controlled through apps.


Pre-Christmas Delivery – Order Now!







We are approaching the the Christmas holidays. For delivery before Christmas please be sure to place your order by the end of w/c 3rd Dec. Limited slots available. Get ahead of the game for January by booking in your drawers in after the 7th of Dec for delivery early in the New Year.

December Holiday Dates

We will be closed from Friday the 21st of December and will re-open on Wednesday the 2nd of January


Runners – 5 Top Questions Answered







Runners – 5 Top Questions Answered

1# Are Probox Runners competitively priced?

We buy drawer runners across various brands in bulk to cater for our customer orders, allowing us to provide competitively priced runners that are conveniently delivered with drawer box orders.

Ask for a quote for runners with your next drawer box order to see our prices or view on our website.

2# How do the different types of runners effect the drawer box width?

Probox provides a variety of high quality undermount runners, which all require the same calculation.

13mm drawer material = 16mm from carcase opening

15mm drawer material = 12mm from carcase opening

3# Do you offer push to open runners?

Yes, we offer Blum Tandem and Grass Dynapro drawer runners, with all the attachments required to make them push to open runners.

4# Do you offer bulk discounts?

On the Probox website some runner brands have discounts available for bulk orders of 5 pairs or 10 pairs depending on the brand.

If you need a bulk order of runners ask us about discounts when getting your order quoted.

5# Which runners are the easiest to fit?

All the runners are straight forward, but some people find Blum and and Grass runners easy because there are so many videos online showing people how to fit them.

Blum also offers an APP for easy assembly.

Get the APP here




Add a bespoke handled tray to your order



Probox offers bespoke handled serving trays in solid timber, each tray is made bespoke to your specified size in oak, maple, birch ply, walnut or beech and has dovetailed corners.

The bespoke handled serving tray, also known as a butler tray can be made with 2 or 4 handles. The tray design must be at least 60mm high to accommodate the handle cut out, each handle cut out is 24mm high and 130mm wide in a curved shape.

The bespoke trays are created on a 10-12 day turn around and can be ordered individually or added to your bespoke dovetail drawer order.

Probox also offers laser or router engraving and this can be applied to your bespoke handled tray.

Some kitchen designers incorporate a handled serving trays into the design of their kitchen by providing a slot between cabinets to neatly store the bespoke tray.

Call 01280 825776 or order your tray online


Top 10 technical questions answered – Classic Bespoke Drawers







  1. What width timber are the bespoke dovetail drawers available in?

The drawers are made in 13mm thick timber as standard or 15mm at no extra cost

  1. Do you offer notching and drilling?

This is a popular optional extra, please specify the runners you are using with the dovetail drawers so we can drill to match your runners.

  1. I also want a bespoke cutlery tray to fit in the drawer, can you help?

Yes, take at look at our page on cutlery inserts

  1. Do you offer engraving?

Some customers like to apply their logo to the sides of the drawers, this allows them to brand the kitchen.  Probox offers laser engraving or etching and this can also be used to label drawers or accessories for customers. Examples could be labelling a drawer with the word cutlery or personalising a bedroom furniture drawer with a child’s name.

  1. What is your turn around time for bespoke dovetail drawers?

The turnaround time is 10 working days. It’s worth asking when you place your order as it can be 12 days at very busy times of the year.

  1. Are the drawers finished?

The bespoke dovetail drawers are provided as standard with a 10% lacquer. Some customers require the drawers unfinished and so we supply these with no lacquer.

  1. Do you supply runners?

Yes, a range of runners are available on our website. All the runners on the Probox site are quality brands such as Grass, Blum or Hettich.

  1. What timber materials are available?

As standard we supply oak, maple, beech, walnut or birch ply. We can use other materials on request.

  1. What shaping do you offer for the drawers?

We offer shaped sides, stepped top edges or a handle cut out.

  1. Do you have a price list?

Prices are dependent on the material used and the size of the dovetail drawer so each dovetail drawer job has a bespoke quote


Product focus: Spice Rack




Probox offer spice racks in a range of standard sizes (Can also create a completely bespoke size based on your design)



Standard sizes

600mm high (Custom width, to suit your space) 3 shelf’s

900mm high (Custom width, to suit your space) 4 shelf’s

1200mm high (Custom width, to suit your space) 5 shelf’s

The Probox bespoke wooden spice rack is available in our standard solid timbers, oak, maple, walnut, birch ply and beech.

Each spice rack is 100mm depth as standard and is made from 15 mm thick material with pre-fitted metal keyhole mounting plates.

As standard the spice racks come with 8mm dowels on each shelf.

Probox bespoke wooden spice racks have a 10 day turnaround.

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Top 10 technical questions answered – Classic Swift Drawers







Classic Swift is a range of high quality standard sized oak dovetail drawers that are ordered from stock at Probox.

  1. When using Classic Swift Drawers with runners what is the standard space needed for runners

8mm space either side

  1. What is the thickness of the timber used to make the drawers?

13mm thickness on Classic Swift drawers.

  1. What runners work best with Classic Swift drawers?

We suggest using any Blum runners or Grass Dynapro runners from the selection on the Probox website.

  1. Are the drawers notched and drilled?

Classic Swift drawers are notched but not drilled, allowing you to choose your runners from a range of options.

  1. What is the turnaround time?

We hold Classic Swift in stock and ready to dispatch. The standard delivery time is 1-2 days, but if you need the drawers in a hurry then ring the office and we’ll do our best to meet your needs.

  1. What if I’m not sure about using classic swift because of the carcass size?

Classic Swift is designed to suit standard sizes 18mm (layon) or 36mm (Inframed) for standard sized units e.g. 600/700/800, call Probox if you have any specific questions.

  1. Are Classic Swift drawers finished?

Yes, the drawers are finished with a 10% lacquer

  1. What are the heights and depths available?

90mm high and 440mm depth

180 high with 440mm or 490mm depth

  1. Do you have a price list available?

All the prices are available when ordering on the Probox website. We also have a pdf price list available on request.

  1. How can I order Classic Swift dovetail drawers ?

Many people order on the Probox website, but you can also call on 01280 825776 to place your order and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

If you don’t have an account please have your details ready so we can set you up on our system.  You can also email us with your request and we’ll get in touch.


Probox cater for a range of kitchen styles with dovetail drawers in a selection of materials







Probox create drawers in a wide range of materials, including oak, walnut, beech, maple and birch ply.

All dovetail drawer options (except birch ply) are made using A grade select solid/ hardwood timber.  Hardwood offers a pristine finish and due its nature is very durable and resistant to wear and tear.

Solid oak is the most popular timber choice, partly because many kitchens are made using oak and also because oak offers a neutral tone that’s often used with painted panels, high gloss kitchen cabinets or other timbers.

Solid walnut is the most premium solid timber option and offers a dramatic dark tone, this can be used to create contrast in a kitchen design. This luxurious timber choice has been traditionally associated with chateaus libraries or high end wine cellars and by choosing walnut customers can incorporate this sophistication into the center of their home.

For a paler scheme beech or maple are other alternatives to oak. Beech is strong and durable with a close straight grain, polishes well and offers a small cost saving on oak.

Maple is more durable than oak and is one of the hardest woods suitable for kitchens, standing up to dings and dents, maple is priced slightly higher than oak.

All the Probox solid wood options offer a premium, durable and long lasting result, the choice of timber can be down to customer preference, colour matching, creating contrast or budget.

Birch ply is an economy alternative and is often used in very modern kitchens and also for bedroom or office furniture, this BB grade wood offers a 25% saving on solid oak.  Birch ply is constructed using solid birch veneers, with a quality birch face on either side and offers an extremely stable and solid material.

As well as bespoke made drawers Probox also offers ‘Classic Swift’ a range of solid oak drawers in a range of sizes, these drawers are hand crafted with dovetail joints are stored ready for dispatch. Classic Swift offers a cost and time saving for those that need dovetail drawers that match the sizes within the range (details on Probox website). Another drawer solution at Probox is ‘Eko’ in oak finish, these are drawer kits are made from of quality oak finish wood with dowel joints. Each pack comes with all the components needed to make the drawers, including screws and assembly instructions.

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